Domestic and family violence in our community is real. In an emergency call the Police on Triple Zero
Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone. Research shows that as many as one in three people in the LGBTIQ communities have experienced domestic and family violence, either in their current relationship or in a previous relationship.
It’s time to ask yourself…is your relationship coloured by fear and abuse or love and respect?
Violence in LGBTIQ relationships is a mutual fight between equals.
Domestic and family violence is about power and control. Physical violence may be present but in some relationships the harm might be caused by emotional abuse or psychological abuse. Whatever form it takes, it’s never acceptable—even when the victim has the ability to defend themselves.
I can’t escape the violence because there’s no safe accommodation options for me.
Regardless of your gender or sexuality, there are a number of accommodation options that can be organised to help you escape a domestic and family violence situation and get access to help and support.
The police won’t help me and the law doesn’t offer protection to LGBTIQ people experiencing domestic and family violence.
Threats, stalking and physical and sexual violence are all illegal. The law in Queensland offers the same protection measures (for example, Domestic Violence Protection Orders) to LGBTIQ victims of domestic and family violence as it does to the broader community.
Domestic and family violence support services won’t understand my circumstances or be able to provide appropriate support.
There are a number of support groups and counselling services equipped to provide assistance to LGBTIQ Queenslanders who are experiencing domestic and family violence. Your call will be taken seriously and you will have access to the help and support you need.
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It gets better
The Queensland Police Service is committed to ensuring policing services are accessible to all members of the community. Police work closely with LGBTI communities to develop partnerships, awareness and understanding, and their LGBTI Liaison Program provides a professional, non-discriminatory, accessible policing service to members of LGBTI communities.
Meet some of the dedicated LGBTI Liaison Officers in the It gets better video.